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“The gift of the Holy Spirit renews the earth” Pope Francis against the backdrop of St Peter’s Basilica and dressed in scarlet vestments, celebrated Mass on Pentecost Sunday. In his homily, the Holy Father began by focusing on Sunday’s readings saying that, “the word of God, tells us that the Spirit is at work in individuals ...read more
It’s always difficult to say something about a subject that has not affected you in a particularly personal way. Nevertheless, death is a subject that is before us these days as a community of faith and as a society as a whole, and therefore warrants some reflection. I’d like to comment on two recent events ...read more
A reflection on Archbishop Oscar Romero, Blessed and Defender of the Poor and Justice, and the significance of his beatification. ...read more
In the Universal Church today, we celebrate the feast of St. Justin the Martyr – one of the first Christian apologists and martyr for our faith. This particular feast day has a special place in my heart because Justin is the patronal saint for my home parish in Unionville, Ontario. In 1882, Pope Leo XIII ...read more
In today’s Gospel passage (John 1:29-34), the figure of John the Baptist appears once again almost as if to send us back to Advent…to look carefully at the evidence of the Baptizer and of Jesus, and to make some decisions about our own lives.  The evangelist John’s account of the Baptism of Jesus is very ...read more